The Benson Latin American Collection

Mary Ann Smothers Bruni "Los Pastores" Photographs, 1980s-

Descriptive Summary

Creator Bruni, Mary Ann Smothers
Title Mary Ann Smothers Bruni "Los Pastores" Photographs
Dates: 1980s-
Abstract Images taken by Texas photographer Mary Ann Smothers Bruni document the traditional festival "Los Pastores" as performed in San Antonio. Also includes photographs documenting the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the Cathedral of San Fernando in San Antonio.
Accession No. 2004-12
OCLC Record No. N/A
Extent approx. 10,000 slides, transparencies, and negatives.
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Mary Ann Smothers Bruni is a photographer and filmmaker in San Antonio, Texas. Her photographs of the "Los Pastores" festival, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in San Antonio, and of the Kurds in northern Iraq have been exhibited widely. She is the author of Journey Through Kurdistan, Los Pastores: A Limited Edition of Fine Art Prints Celebrating Los Pastores, and the children's book El sueño de Rosita/Rosita's Christmas Wish.

Scope and Contents Note

Approximately 10,000 photographs by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni document the "Los Pastores" festival as traditionally performed in San Antonio Texas from the 1980s through the 2000s. The collection also includes numerous images of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the Cathedral of San Fernando in San Antonio, including a large collection of images of Pope John Paul II's 1987 visit. Cataloging is ongoing, but the collection is open to researchers. Please contact the Benson Latin American Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room for more information.

A selection of photographs from the collection may be seen online at the web-site Celebrating Los Pastores in San Antonio Texas: Photograhs from the Mary Ann Smothers Bruni Collection


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Photographs are copyrighted to Mary Ann Smothers Bruni. Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Mary Ann Smothers Bruni "Los Pastores" Photographs, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory

Los Pastores Photographs

Note that cataloging of this extensive image collection is ongoing. Images included below include representative samples of the collection overall and not specific images from the boxes listed.
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1 1-10 Los Pastores de San Antonio slideshow and publications, 1972-1985

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2 1-10 Los Pastores de San Antonio, 1986-1988

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3 1-10 Los Pastores de San Antonio, 1989-1996

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4 1-10 Los Pastores de San Antonio, 1997-2000s

Church Photographs

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5 1-10 Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
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6 1-5 Visit of Pope John Paul II to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1987
6-10 Cathedral of San Fernando

Publications and Print Materials

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7 1-7 Clippings
8 Los Pastores: A Photographic Essay Celebrating Los Pastores

9 Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!: La Visita del Papa Juan Pablo II a la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, San Antonio, Texas, 1987
10 "Stations for Leila: Ritual and Belief, Birth to Death," 2005
11 Journey Through Kurdistan, 1995

Pastorela costumes, 2000s

8 Blue dress and hat
9 Devil mask
10 Dress and black cape
OV Costume with angel wings including two swords